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The Authorized Biography of Milan Panic

Mark Axelrod

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Chapter 9. American Politics 101: The Bayh Influence

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AMERICAN POLITICS 101

The Bayh Influence

Dr. James Doti, president of Chapman University in Orange, California, once said of Milan Panić that “He is a true Renaissance Man.” The term, of course, has been bandied about since, well, the Renaissance. One was originally called a “polymath,” from the Greek for “learned,” which was generally used to describe someone whose expertise spanned a significant number of different areas. Clearly, Milan Panić is one of those people. Not only was he an Olympic athlete and the ultimate entrepreneur, he was also an active public servant, not only in the United States, but also as prime minister of Yugoslavia. Of course, it is a far from rare occurrence in American politics that an entrepreneur feels compelled to run for political office. That example is easily evinced by the latest in a long line of entrepreneurs-cum-politicians: Mitt Romney. And one can find similar examples throughout American politics, whether at the presidential level or the congressional level or even at the state or local levels. But it is not that common for a naturalized citizen who had achieved international success as a global entrepreneur to do so. However, before Panić was called to duty in Yugoslavia, he “cut his political teeth,” so to speak, as early as 1976, while working for then U.S. Senator Birch Bayh. It is important to establish the relationship that Panić had with Bayh, since ← 151 | 152 → it would serve him...

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